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A glittering jewel

February 21, 2014

It is easy to take Jewish Book Week for granted. Now in its 62nd year, it is so much a part of the calendar and so regularly a triumph that we can sometimes overlook the astonishing scale of its success. Many of its events sell out. Its audience reaches far beyond the Jewish community. And the range of speakers it consistently attracts is little short of sensational.

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Jews as vote fodder

February 21, 2014

Whatever else it may be, the Danish ban on shechita is a reminder that, although we have won a series of recent battles against EU proposals, the threat to religious freedom is constant. As Lord Finkelstein writes on this page, a recent House of Lords debate was an attempt by British opponents to dip their toes in the water. And we can be sure that their campaign will only increase in intensity.

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British immigrants

February 13, 2014

We are a community of immigrants. We are also proudly British. Far from being incompatible, those two statements go together like shabbas and candles. The Ben Uri Gallery has come up with a novel and clever way of illustrating this most fundamental point about our own community. By changing its website to highlight great works of art from “Great British artists”, it makes a very simple point.

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Righting a wrong

February 13, 2014

It is demeaning enough to be on unemployment benefit. But to be refused help simply because of religious observance is discrimination, plain and simple. Observant Jews in Manchester were told that they could not have Jobseeker’s Allowance if they refused to work on Shabbat. No longer.

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Together in football

February 6, 2014

The likes of Anelka may use football to sow division and hate. But it can also be a powerful force for good, as an initiative by the British Embassy in Israel shows. The aptly named Coexistence Through Football aims to bring Jewish and Arab children together on the pitch. Our ambassador, Matthew Gould, fizzes with ideas and has made a huge mark in his three years in Israel so far.

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A good result on Anelka and Dieudonne

February 6, 2014

Much can change in a month. Last month, the JC highlighted the inaction of the FA, of Kick It Out and of West Bromwich Albion in reaction to Nicolas Anelka’s quenelle salute. From the FA there was only obfuscation. From Kick It Out there was — bizarrely — a threat of legal action against the JC for daring to criticise its refusal to utter a word of condemnation.

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Tories should have no place for Aidan Burley

January 30, 2014

We will leave others to judge whether or not Aidan Burley misled the Conservative Party’s inquiry into his behaviour – although the evidence produced by the Mail on Sunday is damning. But even on his own terms, Mr Burley admits hiring the Nazi uniform worn at the now infamous stag do.

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Shameful bigotry in Brighton

January 30, 2014

It is all very well the Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation describing the appalling incident at Brighton’s Holocaust Memorial Day service as an “unfortunate misunderstanding” and saying that “no offence was intended”. But such PR waffle should fool no one. There was no misunderstanding.

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The Economist's proper response

January 24, 2014

Another week, another image depicting the idea that the Jews control the world. But this week it’s different. For one thing, while they’re far from unusual in the likes of the Guardian and Independent, when a publication like The Economist joins in, it is a shock.

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Not welcome here

January 23, 2014

Two months ago, Theresa May told the Board of Deputies dinner that the government would “not tolerate antisemitism in any form”.

Now is the time for her to prove it.

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